Definition of impotence
: the quality or state of being impotent: such asa : lack of power, strength, or vigor : weakness … the growing impotence of governments in the face of corporate willfulness and regional factionalism. — Alan Wexelblatb : an abnormal physical or psychological state of a male characterized by inability to engage in sexual intercourse because of failure to have or maintain an erection : erectile dysfunction
Examples of impotence in a Sentence
the congressional committee's essential impotence in affecting the management of the war was frustrating to its members
Recent Examples of impotence from the Web
On the left, Clinton's defeat in the general election -- after being hand-delivered, as many still believe, the nomination by the DNC -- is held up as evidence of the liberal establishment's corruption and impotence.
The way that impotence drugs work is well-understood.
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First Known Use of impotence
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Definition of impotence for Students
: the quality or state of lacking power or strength
Medical Definition of impotence
1: the quality or state of not being potent drug-resistant bacteria are a virulent indicator of the growing impotence of antibiotics
2: an abnormal physical or psychological state of a male characterized by inability to engage in sexual intercourse because of failure to have or maintain an erection—called also erectile dysfunction
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